Founded in 1924, the "Gesellschaft fr die Jdische Familien-Forschung" (Society for Jewish family research) began publishing its newsletter to connect Jewish genealogists together and create a forum for their research. Its editor, the ophthalmologist Arthur Czellitzer, claimed that the understanding of familial lineage as particularly important for the Jewish people. Since the Jewish people did not have their own country or language (at that time), knowledge of family history would bring them closer to their original roots, even if they had distanced themselves from the religious rituals of their forefathers. In the introduction to the first issue, he explained that the most important task of the "Gesellschaft fr die Jdische Familienforschung" was to collect materials on Jewish families for an archive of Jewish genealogy. Eventually, these papers were destroyed after he fled with them to the Netherlands during the Holocaust. Czellitzer was murdered in 1943 in the death camp of Sobibor in Poland. (Source: Czellitzer, Arthur. "Zum Geleit!" Jdische Familienforschung, Jg. 1, Nr. 1 (Dez. 1924), p. 3; "Czellitzer, Arthur." Biographisches Handbuch der deutschsprachigen Emigration nach 1933. Bd. 1 (1980), p. 565)
A second series of this periodical was continued in 1992 by K.W. Apfelbaum.
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